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EPA Relationship with Monsanto under Scrutiny in Roundup Trial

19:00 EST 7 Mar 2017 | Meridian Institute

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States, which claims that Roundup, the weedkiller developed by Monsanto Company, causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers, in new court filings, allege that there has been collusion between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto. The allegation is based on a letter written by the late EPA senior toxicologist Marion Copley, which states that “It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer.” The statement contradicts a 1991 agency ruling that said glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is not carcinogenic to humans. The letter also accuses Jess Rowland, the EPA’s recently retired deputy division director, of changing reports to favor industry. “For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants,” Copley wrote. “For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus.” The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto, however, strongly disagrees with the determination, and often cites the EPA’s determination that glyphosate is not carcinogenic to refute studies that find the substance hazardous. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are calling the letter a “potentially explosive new development.” The letter has the potential to undercut the legitimacy of reports published by the EPA, this article states. The plaintiffs have also called for testimony from a number of toxicologists who currently or previously worked for Monsanto; they plan to use such testimony to argue that the full formula of Roundup - the herbicide plus the surfactants the help it penetrate plants - are more toxic than glyphosate alone.

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